Primary Care Optometry News quotes from a presentation by Brad Sutton, OD, FAAO, in which he stresses the importance of asking about obstructive sleep apnea because it is linked to eye comorbidities.

ATLANTA – Essentially 100% of patients with floppy eyelid syndrome have obstructive sleep apnea, according to a speaker here at SECO.

“Sleep apnea is almost becoming a public health epidemic in the U.S., mainly due to our status as an overweight country,” Brad Sutton, OD, FAAO, of Indiana University School of Optometry, said at a continuing education session partially sponsored by Primary Care Optometry News.

“I can’t stress this enough: when you have your medical intake forms, review of systems, sleep apnea needs to be on that form,” he said. “Patients won’t offer that unless there’s a place to put it. They don’t think about this if it doesn’t neatly fit into another category that may be on the list.”